June 26, 2022


A NEW Scots wind farm has accomplished a significant milestone in its development as the initial of two offshore energy substations has been put in on web-site.

Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm is underneath building 15km off the coast of Fife, and is owing to have 54 wind turbines put in in 2023.

This hottest milestone indicates that NnG can now be absolutely related to the Countrywide Grid in advance of the set up of these turbines.

Oilfield professional enterprise Saipem utilized the largest offshore wind set up vessel in the earth, the Heerema Sleipnir, to put the 1,100 tonne topside on to 1 of the two foundation jackets.

The Heerema Sleipnir placing the topside onto one of the two foundation jackets.
The Heerema Sleipnir was used to put the topside onto a person of the two foundation jackets.

The seabed supports for the jackets had been geared up last yr by the Saipem 7000 and Saipem 3000 development vessels in a drinking water depth of about 50 metres, to anchor the offshore substation to the seabed.

After mounted, the electricity produced by the offshore wind farm’s turbines will be exported by using NnG’s two offshore substations to its onshore substation the place the strength will entry the Nationwide Grid’s entry place at Crystal Rig in the Lammermuir Hills, East Lothian.

The 1st turbines will be operational in mid-2023, with completion of the overall wind farm scheduled for 2024.

NnG, jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB, will have a capability of c.450MW. It will provide ample very low carbon electric power for all over 375,000 residences and will offset about 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Matthias Haag, NnG Venture Director, reported: “Having the initial of NnG’s two offshore substations in position is a genuinely crucial minute for every person concerned in the design of this big offshore advancement for Scotland.

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“A good deal of tough function has gone in to making ready the seabed and installing two basis jackets to aid us get to this sizeable milestone and I’m happy that we can now proceed with connecting the platform to the grid and undertaking more basis performs.

“It’s an interesting time for NnG as design continues both equally offshore and onshore and we are on track for our first turbines to be operational in mid-2023, with completion of the whole wind farm scheduled for 2024.”